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April 22, 2014 | 12:33 PMELKHORN — During the Walworth County Board’s first meeting of its new term there were no conflicts over who would serve in the executive roles.
On April 15, Supervisor Nancy Russell of Lake Geneva was re-elected as county board chairwoman. She was nominated by Supervisor Joe Schaefer of Lyons and the nomination was seconded by Supervisor David Weber of Williams Bay.
Russell, who was first elected in 2002, was the only supervisor nominated for the position.
Supervisor Ricky Stacey of East Troy, who was first elected in 2004, was elected as the vice chairman. He was nominated by Supervisor Daniel Kilkenny of Darien and the nomination was second by Schaefer.
Stacey was the only supervisor nominated for the position.
Weber, who was first elected in 2004, was elected the chairman of the board’s executive committee. He was nominated by Schaefer and the nomination was seconded by Supervisor Ken Monroe of Bloomfield.
Weber was the only supervisor nominated for the position.
Gov. Scott Walker appointed Ronald Person as the new county coroner. Person is replacing John Griebel who died in December.
Person’s term will end on Jan. 5, 2015. Griebel was the county’s last elected coroner.
After Griebel’s death, the county board voted to eliminate the position. Instead, an appointed medical examiner will handle the duties a county coroner formerly handled. Person retired as a lieutenant from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. Attempts to reach Person were unsuccessful.
Land for sale
On April 3, County Board Chairwoman Nancy Russell received a letter from the DNR stating the state agency is proposing selling about 70 acres of land in the town of Troy. The land was purchased by the DNR on Feb. 16, 1971, as part of its Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area.
The DNR staff has conducted a review of the land and listed five reasons for selling it.
• Parcels of the land are outside of a project boundary with and access is difficult or impossible for the department for management purposes.
• Parcels of the land are outside a project boundary with limited or no public access.
• Parcels of the land are outside of a project boundary that have limited public recreational or natural resources value.
• Parcels of the land have been identified for sale as a result of a Natural Resources Board action.
• Parcels of the land are recommended for sale as a result of a master planning process or other department action.
In the letter, the DNR stated it sent the correspondence to give the county a chance to comment on the potential sale. The letter also stated that the county would have an opportunity to buy the land.
WCEDA director resigns for new job
Mike Van Den Bosch has resigned as the executive director of the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) after six years of service.
The WCEDA the board of directors announced in a press release that Van Den Bosch will step down as executive director at the end of May to take on an economic development position in Colorado.
Van Den Bosch joined WCEDA as director of business development in 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In October 2010, Van Den Bosch was selected as executive director. “Over his last four years as executive director, Mike has transformed this organization in a way that I don’t envision anyone else could have” WCEDA President Alan Larsen said in the press release. “This is a huge loss for us, but we couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity for Mike and we certainly wish him the best of luck as he continues to advance in the field of economic development.”
WCEDA has not yet identified a replacement for Van Den Bosch. The board has begun the search for a replacement and hope to have that person in place by July.
WCEDA is a nonpartisan membership-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Walworth County residents by working with public and private sector partners to create jobs and build private sector investment in Walworth County communities.